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Beacon Grants

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Every Lodge is eligible to apply for a $2,000 Beacon Grant! Lodges do not need to meet the GER's per-member-giving goal to apply. Beacon Grant requirements are outlined below.

  • New: Start a project that the Lodge has never previously funded! If your Lodge received a Beacon Grant in the past, it should continue that project each year. Beacon Grants cannot be split between two projects.
  • Ongoing: Make a commitment. The project should continue on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis–at the least.
  • Lodge-led: Hands-on Elk involvement! The Lodge should be in charge of the grant funds and project details.
  • Active: Actively serve the community. If people see the Lodge doing good things, they'll be inspired to join! Beacon Grants cannot be used as donations of funds and supplies.


The Florida State Elks Association will match the $2,000 for the same program approved for the Beacon Grant once we receive word that ENF has granted it.

The Grand Lodge is looking for five main things:

  • New: Start a project that the Lodge has never previously funded! If your Lodge received a Beacon Grant in the past, it should continue that project each year. Beacon Grants cannot be split between two projects.

  • Ongoing: Make a commitment. The project should continue on a weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual basis–at the least.

  • Lodge-led: Hands-on Elk involvement! The Lodge should be in charge of the grant funds and project details.

  • Charitable: Grants must be focused on helping those in need, and addressing local issues. The project cannot benefit only the Lodge or Lodge members.

  • Active: Actively serve the community. If people see the Lodge doing good things, they'll be inspired to join! Beacon Grants cannot be used as donations of funds and supplies.

Not a Beacon Grant Project
Great Beacon Grant Projects
Dictionary Project
Youth & Elks Reading Fair
Donation to Wounded Warriors
Bi-annual Wounded Warrior outings
Little League sponsorship
Baseball clinic for at-risk youth
Purchase equipment for scouts
Partner with scouts on quarterly service projects
Donation to DARE
Monthly drug-free events for teens
Appreciation dinner for Elks who are veterans
Holiday activities for VA hospital residents

Basic CIP Grant Guidelines

Click here for a succinct, printable version of our general CIP grant guidelines.

Charitable: CIP Grants should always be used for charitable purposes. Keep the following six broad categories (defined as charitable by the IRS) in mind when planning a grant project; relieve the poor, distressed or underprivileged; advance education or science, but not through scholarships; lessen the burdens of government; lessen neighborhood tensions; eliminate prejudice and discrimination; combat juvenile delinquency.

Restrictions: CIP Grant guidelines state that Lodges may not use grants to support State Major Projects, national Elks programs, fund scholarships, Hoop Shoot/Soccer Shoot events, youth awards nights, poster and/or essay contests, appreciations dinners, fundraisers or general community events. Grants may not be used for Lodge maintenance and/or repairs, or to only benefit Lodge members and their families. Grant funds must serve a population in need, and cannot be donations of funds or supplies to individuals.

Resources

One page Beacon Grant Flyer

Beacon Grant FAQ's

Beacon Grant Breakdown

Beacon Grant Instgrants

Applying

2018-19 Dates: Applications for 2018-19 Beacon Grants became available online July 1, 2018. Applications must be submitted before the project takes place. Applications close December 31, 2018. Project activities must be completed by March 31, 2019. Final Report Forms are due in accordance with project completion date.

How to apply: The Lodge Secretary or ENF Grants Coordinator is able to access, complete and submit the online application.

Process: Upon approval of a Lodge's online application, the ENF will mail an approval letter and a grant check to the Lodge address. A Lodge can use its $2,000 Beacon Grant in conjunction with a Gratitude Grant, Anniversary Grant, or a Promise Grant.

Online Final Report: Final Reports are online and can be accessed on the Grants Dashboard. After the grant has been used, complete the Final Report and upload all grant-related receipts and photos. Final Reports will be due 30 days after the anticipated grant completion date. The Lodge will be locked out of applying for grants 60 days from that date.

 

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Louisiana State Legislature Increases New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax

The Legislature of the State of Louisiana has acted to increase the New Orleans Hotel Occupancy Tax from 13% to 14.75% effective April 1, 2014. This will affect our convention room rates and they will go from $128.56 to $130.52 per night.

Convention Attendees With ADA Transportation Needs Urged To Contact Grand Lodge

In order for the Grand Lodge to support the transportation needs of attendees with disabilities you are urged to contact the Grand Lodge if you require special assistance. Special coaches capable of kneeling to accommodate wheel chairs will be placed along the routes for those in need. If you require assistance please contact Tina or Jessica at the Grand Lodge as follows:

TinaH@elks.org

JessicaR@elks.org

 

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